Linux was once considered a good-for-nothing operating system if you wanted to game on it. It took a decade for the operating system to slowly adapt and become compatible with the latest generation AAA titles that are a rave among PC gamers. Linux surely had a dearth of games in the past but the studios are supporting the playability for the Linux users that don’t want to migrate to a Windows PC just for the sake of gaming.
We have searched and tried the best and the latest AAA titles from the most lauded and popular game studios on our Linux-based PC before compiling this list. We will try to include AAA titles and indie games as well that boast a stellar gameplay experience.
10 Best AAA Windows Games for Linux
- Metro Exodus
- Counter-strike: Global Offensive
- Left for dead 2
- Insurgency: Sandstorm
- Bioshock infinite
- Hitman 2016
- Rocket league
- Tomb Raider
- Dying Light
Metro series has been one of the best horror games set in the dystopian future where the planet is ravaged by a nuclear war and is now full of mutant enemies. The newest iteration follows in the footsteps of the original game and is available for Linux as well. The game requires you to pace yourself rather than adopting the run and gun method that will leave you clueless and dead very quickly.
The graphics overhaul is surely demanding on your GPU and you need a powerful one to run Metro Exodus on full blast. The popular gas mask is retained in the game to shroud you from radiation and poisoning. New weapons and a lot of customizations can be done to come up with a unique version of your firearm. It is a gripping episode in the Metro saga and you will love it on your Linux machine.
Counter-strike: Global Offensive
CS: GO is available for steam. What relief, huh? You can download this fast-paced FPS shooter game that enjoys a cult fan following to date. The game is simple, you are a team of six pitted against a team of the same size where you have to kill them all before they do the same to you. There are various modes and our favorite remains the hostage situation which demands a slow-paced thinking-oriented strategy rather than going in guns blazing. Do remember that it is a multiplayer title and you will be bored if you play the game offline against ridiculously easy bots.
Left for dead 2
Left for dead 2 was released within a year after its first game and wildly confused the gamers as to why the studio took that decision. The game is both single-player and multiplayer with a not so disappointing campaign. The campaign consists of 5 sub-campaigns, each set in a different environment setting which brings more variety to the table. It’s dark and gory, and twice the fun as its previous title. The zombies are much more fluid and responsive to bullet sounds and shots. The zombie waves can be a bit too much so we advise you to pack as much ammunition as you can. Guns are good but you will love the melee weapons as well that include a chainsaw and the mandatory baseball bat.
Insurgency: Sandstorm is an Fps shooting game where you play as a military man battling insurgents. The animation and guns are as real as they can get considering it is a four-year-old game. Gun fanatics that love to explore each weapon in detail and like to have a real-world feeling of firing an actual firearm, will be satisfied with this one.
Each gun behaves differently and the gunplay will keep you entertained for a long time. The developers tried to replicate the actual surroundings of a gunfight which include bullet firing sounds, enemy cries after being hit, laborer breathing, realistic explosion sounds that don’t feel done in haste. Insurgency: Sandstorm is one of the best games that you can pick for cheap if you own a Linux system.
Bioshock infinite is a great god shooter set in the city of Columbia that floats in the air. Yes, air! Bioshock was quirky enough, to begin with, and the second in line manages to top even that. The most compelling feature is the skyline that enables you to travel the city using a hook embedded on your arm. Shooting from above and jumping and pouncing on enemies to deliver a death blow is the most exciting part of the game. The story is equally engaging with a plot twist that you won’t be able to predict until you closely follow the bylines of the game. Bioshock infinite might be many years old but still can get your Linux system breathing for air in no time.
Hitman absolution may have disappointed many but the studio never stopped perfecting a new title for the fans. Hitman 2016 dropped in 2016 and was one of the few games to be released in episodes while forcing the players to play online. This did curb the piracy to some extent and helped keep the fans excited for the next episode as well. Hitman 2016 retains the good bits of all the previous games with a new and improved map that presents so many possibilities to kill or subdue a target. You may not be able to clear a level in the first attempt itself and keeping an eye out for markers, useful items, and traps are highly suggested for you to experience the marvelous game that it is.
Rocket League is pure fun for gamers of all age groups. It certainly is a mischievous idea to play soccer with supercharged vehicles but you are given an arena to do so. You can score goals and even blow up opponents while doing so. The game comes with intense physics that makes it a true 3D arena game for passing time. There is a multiplayer mode too, in case the campaign feels boring for you. Its servers have gotten better with age providing you round-the-clock uptime to enter in a match whenever you please. It is available for Linux systems and should be on your list for some quality fun time.
Tomb Raider is the best visual adaptation of the story which is also available for Linux systems now. Tomb Raider follows the story of Lara Croft who is on a journey for a quest that quickly turns into trouble. Her ship is wrecked while she and her crew are stranded on a deserted and daunting island that forces her to become strong.
The game slowly progresses into the origin story of the world’s most ferocious fictional survivor that forces you to hunt animals, set traps, fight with wolves, and battle enemies with guns and arrows. Crafting plays a very important role in Tomb Raider and you won’t get very far without it. The visuals and the plot line are equally gripping as she slowly works her way through the island. A true gem from 2013 that must be tried by every Linux user looking for a captivating storyline.
Limbo is one dark game that will blow your mind away with a weird storyline and even weirder and complex puzzles. Limbo presents death in many gruesome ways that you will be horrified by the details developers have put into the game. The game starts in a simple 2D settings where you start as a boy that seeks to find his sister. On the way, you encounter many puzzles and attacking creatures that try to kill you in a single blow. 2D means jumping, climbing, and avoiding obstacles and traps that are in abundance in this game. It is an indie gem by play dead studios that deserves a spot in every gamer’s collection. Limbo is available for Linux via Steam for a very cheap price.
Dying Light is a survival horror game that is set in the post-apocalyptic world of zombies. You may ask how different it is from left for dead 2 in our list and our answer is that is excruciatingly long with a campaign that can go up to 40 hours. The story may not be as interesting as Tomb Raider but all these minor flaws do not mask the actual thrill of killing zombies. You have to Parkour a lot to get from here to there and there isn’t a fast travel option that forces you to cover longer distances manually.
Initially, the weapon choices aren’t that great but they upgrade with time. The side quests are even more fun than the story and we advise you to check them out rather than rushing to finish the campaign first. Co-op mode is also present where you can play in a team of three but considering it is 2021 we highly doubt that you will find a match in due time. Dying light is a decent campaign game that is available for the Linux system and is fairly cheaper than most of the latest AAA titles.
Metro Exodus and shadow of the tomb raider are the best AAA titles available for Linux right now. If you have gravitated towards multiplayer, then we recommend you to check out Counter-Strike and Rocket league for Linux. If you love sandbox games, Hitman 2016 is a must-play for Linux gamers.